OKLAHOMA CITY — Coming into the the Class 3A state championship game, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs knew they would be facing a challenge in the No. 1 Heritage Hall Chargers.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Coming into the the Class 3A state championship game, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs knew they would be facing a challenge in the No. 1 Heritage Hall Chargers.

Something they weren’t planning on facing was the wrath of Mother Nature.

Two separate delays combined with an offensive onslaught from Chargers standout Conner Carey was too much to overcome for the Bulldogs, as they were defeated 50-14 at Charles W. Sheid High School on the campus of Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City. 

The runner-up finish is the first for the Bulldogs since 2003, as they were playing in the state finals for the first time since 2004. 

Heritage Hall meanwhile captured its fourth state title in five seasons, and its first in Class 3A since dropping down this year after winning in Class 4A last season. 

“I think we played hard, and we played played extremely hard in the second half,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “We just got beat by a better football team, it’s as simple as that.”

After an 80 minute delay to start the game, the Chargers received the opening kick off, and took just 2:26 of the clock after Conner Carey scored on a 43-yard bomb from Jackson Jobe. 

Before the ensuing kick off,  Mother Nature became a factor again and delayed the game for     another 38 minutes before the game restarted.

The Sulphur Bulldogs then took the field for their first possession following the storm, and were marching down the field looking to score a touchdown of their own. 

After quarterback Cole Johnson completed a 17 yard pass on third and eight, a bad snap on first down was recovered by the Chargers.

Carey would then score his second touchdown of the evening to make it 14-0. 

After Carey scored two more rushing touchdowns, the Bulldogs were finally able to slow down the Chargers and force them to punt. 

On the next Bulldog drive starting inside their own 10 yard line, a bad snap went over the head of of Johnson again and out of the end zone for a safety.

Carey capped off his 19 carries and 148 yard first half with his fifth touchdown of the game and making the first half score 36-0. 

The Bulldogs finished with as more turnovers (3) than first downs (2) in the first half.

In the second half it was much of the same for the Bulldogs, as Jacob Bumgarner fumbled the Bulldogs opening possession and it was returned it 34 yards to the house.

The Bulldogs put points on the board late in the third when Johnson completed a 41 yard pass to Price Daube. 

After two more costly turnovers in the fourth quarter, and the Chargers capitalizing on the fifth Bulldog fumble of the game to go up 50-7, the Bulldogs last possession of the game was capped off with a Trey Kiser one yard touchdown run to cap off his stellar career with the school.

Kiser ran for more than 2,000 yards this season as the Bulldogs finished with a 12-2 record.